Thursday, September 24, 2015

The CCEE Goes Wild for Cherries

This is Lois' last week as our September hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  She has a delicious one for us this week.  Here it is.....

Lois here with my last CCEE challenge.  To celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day, I ask that you made a card with cherries on it; or, if you don't have any cherries, use any fruit.

I am sure that after this week goes by I will find out that I have lots of cherry stamps, however, at the time I was creating, this old SU stamp is the only cherry I could think of to use.  I also used some MS border punches, my piercing tools, and a few brads.

Be sure to go to the CCEE blog to see the deeeeeelish designs of the rest of the DT.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Citizenship Day with the CCEE

Lois continues her 'duties' as the hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenge.  This is her challenge for this week.
Lois here again, hosting the CCEE challenge this week.  Today is Citizenship Day.  I ask that you make a patriotic card or a card indicating your heritage.
I went with the heritage portion of the challenge.  During a fabulous trip long ago to Poland, the land of my father's family, I learned how to do pysanki, which is egg decorating.  When I came home I also took a night course in pysanky, or Ukrainian egg decorating.  This represents my love of decorated eggs that was born due to my heritage.
Here is a picture I shared before that shows some of the eggs I decorated when my peepers were working better than they do now.
Now be sure to visit the CCEE Blog to see the fab creations by the rest of this creative and fabulous DT.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

CCEE Stampers Swap Ideas

Lois continues as our CCEE Stampers Challenge hostess for September.  This is her challenge for this week.....

It's Thursday, CCEE Stampers challenge day.  I, Lois, am continuing as hostess for the month of September.    In honor of today's weird holiday (Swap Ideas Day), I'm asking you to make a card using a technique you've learned and want to share.  Either describe the details of the technique or link to a tutorial on the web.

I decided to share a technique that was a challenge at Splitcoast long ago.  I always loved the results, especially when used as a background for a simple card.  It is called Really Groovy Retro. 

Here are the directions given by Beate at Splitcoast.

Beate's Directions:
Retro technique is super easy and way fun. Take three colors from the same
color group (e.g. here blues) one light, one medium and one dark. Take a piece
of glossy white CS and use post it notes to cover up areas at random. It looks
better if you keep the them straight. Take your darkest color and brayer over
the entire CS. Next take some of your post it notes of and brayer over with
your medium color. Then take the rest of the notes of and brayer again with

 your lightest color. Done. You have a cool background. Stamp however you

HERE are the directions I used on my card.

 I must admit though that I do it the OPPOSITE of Beate's directions.  I cover my glossy white cardstock with post it tape any areas I want left white.  I then sponge my first color over the entire area left open.  After that I cover larger areas with post it tape, sometimes covering areas already taped.  I then sponge on my second darker color.  I then repeat the process with a third and darkest color.  After you are sure it is all dry, you then remove all post it tape have a retro design to play with.

I think my directions work best for me as it uses the same coloring technique that I use in Ukrainian/Polish egg decorating, known as pysanky.  You build up to the darkest.  So that is the way I go with this technique. can try Beate's directions or mine, but I look forward to seeing your creations using this technique.  Play along with us and be sure to check out the techniques used by the other fabulous CCEE Stampers at the CCEE Blog.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CCEE Stampers Play with Words

Lois continues as the CCEE Stampers Challenge hostess for September.  She has a fun challenge for us his week that has a lot of flexibility to it.  The gallery should be full of all kinds of creations this week.  Here is her challenge....
Lois here.  I'm the hostess for this month's CCEE challenges.  In addition to being my birthday today, it is also the birthday of Louis H. Sullivan (born Sept. 3, 1856), an architect credited with designing the first skyscraper.  Today's challenge is a Word Play challenge.  Include on your card something that starts with each of the letters in CITY.

Here are my CITY elements.....

C is for the Crazy Bird image I used.
I is for the "I' sentiment.
T is for the turquoise color of my cardstock and Copic markers.
Y is for the abundance of yellow on the card.

Stamps used are from Tim Holtz (Crazy Bird) , SU (bkgd. stamp used on horizontal panel), and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (sentiment).

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see creativity on overload.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bows, Bows, Bows for the CCEE

Frances has been our hostess for the month of August.  For her last challenge of the month, she has given the CCEE Stampers the following challenge.

Apparently tomorrow is Bow Tie Day, so for our challenge this week let's include some sort of bow on our cards this week … it doesn't have to be a Bow Tie as long as it is a bow.

I, obviously, did not go with the bow tie.  Unfortunately, due to my health I have not been able to create many holiday cards.  So I am now trying to build my stash whenever possible.  I used this wrest stamp from (?) and the sentiment from a SU retired set.  My skinny bow is a die from Impression Obsession.

Be sure to check out  the CCEE Blog to see the 'bowed' creations by this fabulously creating and special DT.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CCEEers Refresh with Lemonade and Lemons

Frances continues as our August hostess, and this is the challenge she has given for this week to the CCEE Stampers.
According to the Days of the Year web site today is Lemonade Day …. Let's celebrate by creating cards that features lemonade in some way. If you don't have anything Lemon or lemon related feature some other kind of beverage.

I used a very old set from SU.  I kept it clean and simple with some light coloring with my Copics.  I added a sentiment from MFT.  I also used a frame embossing folder.

Be sure to go to the CCEE Stampers Blog to get 'lemon fresh'.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Crazies Sketch Week

Frances is our Crazy4Challenges hostess for the month of August.  Since this is the third challenge of the month, she has given us a fabulous sketch to play with this week.
I used two different dps for my layers, an MFT oval lace die along with a Spellbinders oval die for the main image, an MFT banner die for the sentiment, and some small brads.  I heat embossed the image from Flourishes and the sentiment on black.
Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see the varied and creative ways the DT used this sketch.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

CCEE Creates Screen Dividers

Frances, our CCEE Stampers Challenge hostess for August, gave us a fancy fold card challenge this week.  Here it is.....

This week we are creating Screen Divider Card - I have been meaning to make one of these style cards for some time now … so let us create one for today's challenge. Here is the link to the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. 

I have to admit that I kind of dreaded this challenge, but was happy to see just how easy it was to make.  Thanks, Frances, for making me work out of my comfort zone (this

I used a wide variety of stamps.  I did not write down all the companies (sorry), but the large ferns are from one of my absolute favorite retired SU sets ever.

Be sure to take the time to visit the CCEE Blog.  You will be dazzled by the variety of screen divider cards.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Seeing the Light with the Crazies

Frances is the Crazies hostess for August.  This is the challenge she gave us this week.
The 7th August was National Lighthouse Day, so for our challenge today create a card featuring a lighthouse. If you don't have a lighthouse, think where you would find a lighthouse … near the sea, beach etc and use that for your inspiration.
I actually have several lighthouse stamps, but decided to keep it simple this week due to my mobility issues.  This stamp is from I Brake for Stamps.  The sentiment stamp is from SU.  I did some border piercing and used a SU punch for the sentiment panel. 

In the future I really want to use this stamp again and take more time to make a more dramatic scene with a beautiful sun.....fabulous sky colors, etc., but that is not today.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to take a tour of our lighthouses.....should be a calming journey.